GMA Gruen and Corsten Study – An eCommerce Wake Up Call

The most recent report penned by landmark researchers Thomas Gruen and Daniel Corsten furthered their deep understanding of the OOS problem in grocery retail. In this case, they’ve highlighted what might be looked at as the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel…one that’s actually a train. Online availability (OLA), or its inverse, Not […]

Profit-Leading Independents Use Inventory Management to Maintain YOY Sales

National Grocers Association (NGA) and FMS Solutions Holdings released their 2018 Independent Grocers Financial Survey June 12th and the 139 respondents cited that despite increasing competition and labor and benefit cost, along with deflation, sales and revenue pressures eased over the year leading to future optimism. Three things stand out to us from what was […]

ICYMI: Progressive Grocer – Things Grocers Can Do To Make Ecommerce Mainstream

In case you missed this in this weeks’ Progressive Grocer newsletter: https://progressivegrocer.com/7-things-grocers-can-do-make-ecommerce-mainstream Retail grocers have opportunity (and a bit of work to do) for shoppers to embrace them in the online world, according to this article from Randy Hofbauer of Progressive Grocer. His seven things definitely makes sense to us here at Itasca, starting with […]

Itasca: Enriching the eCommerce Experience

Recognition of the need for understanding inventory levels in a grocer’s supply chain, and especially on-line when an order is being placed, has rapidly become the hot topic-of-the-day. And for good reason…it’s vitally important to retailers’ success in a world where they are relative newcomers – compared to what they know about the physical shelf. […]

Itasca Named to Inc. 5000

ON AUGUST 17 the publishers of Inc. magazine named Itasca Retail to its “35th Annual Inc. 5000” list for 2016. Itasca Retail qualified for this honor by posting a cumulative three-year sales growth of 295%, which puts us at a rank of #1315 overall. Take a look at our profile on the Inc. 5000 site. […]

Itasca Featured in Progressive Grocer

THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY gives grocers a better handle on out-of-stocks at the store level. At Itasca Retail, we’ve been proving that for more than a decade in more than 1,300 supermarkets across North America. Current industry dialog on On-Shelf Availability has focused greater attention on best practices around store-level inventory visibility. In Progressive Grocer magazine’s […]

What’s Up with Target and Walmart Inventories?

A RECENT ARTICLE in the Wall Street Journal, “Target Expands Inventories to Repair Stock-Outs,” once again highlights the dilemma facing the nation’s largest retailers when it comes to getting stock levels right. The article quotes Target COO John Mulligan, who said the retailer had upped inventory levels by as much as 50% on some high-demand […]

Overstocks Matter Too

GROCERY RETAILERS ARE TALKING about the latest report from IHL Group, “Retailers and the Ghost Economy – $1.75 Trillion Reasons to be Afraid.” That mind-boggling number refers to the cumulative global impact of Out-Of-Stocks, Overstocks and Returns across the retail spectrum. IHL coined the term “Inventory Distortion” in 2011 to describe the combination of OOS […]

Times Supermarkets Rolls Out Itasca Magic™

HONOLULU — Times Supermarkets, operator of supermarkets and wine shops across Hawaii, is bringing the Itasca Magic™ inventory optimization solution to all its stores. The decision is effective immediately. It comes following a highly successful pilot project of four months duration, in two stores located in Honolulu and Lihue. “We’re highly encouraged by the results […]

Bales Joins as Senior Developer

WEST DES MOINES, IA – Brad Bales has joined Itasca Retail Information Systems, Inc. as Senior Developer. Brad has been developing applications for the grocery retail market since 1991. His main areas of expertise have been system design, POS (point of sale), and DEX (direct exchange).